It might come as a surprise but Austria’s capital of Vienna is the biggest wine-producing city in the world. Home to 700 hectares of vineyards and more than 276 producers, Vienna is the only capital to produce so much wine within the city limits – including famous wine destinations like France’s Bordeaux and Italy’s Tuscany.
Vienna is a treasure trove of wine culture!
Wine production is a long-standing tradition in Vienna, dating back to the 12th century. One of its most coveted tourist destinations, Schönbrunn Palace, actually has its own vineyard that produces the famous field blend, Wiener Gemischter Satz.
Austria’s signature grape is the Grüner Veltliner, a white wine variety that ripens in mid to late October. It’s appreciated by wine experts all over the world for its signature vein of acidity. The grape accounts for over a quarter of the wine produced in Vienna.
One of the best places to sample Austrian wines is in taverns known as ‘heurigers’. Heuriger culture – heuriger meaning a cosy tavern where local winemakers serve their produce – is still a big part of Viennese city life. The capital has over 100 of these dotted around the town. Most have buffets piled high with homemade delicacies. A great way to line your stomach ahead of all those wines.
The short distance between the city centre and these taverns makes Vienna’s ‘heurigers’ the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, Stephansplatz. Since 2019, Viennese heuriger culture has been considered an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
So why not enjoy a nice glass of our Allram, Grüner Veltliner ‘Alte Reben’ or Tegernseerhof, Riesling Federspiel ‘Dürnstein’ this weekend!